What are Urban Programs?
Come learn to seek the shalom of the city with InterVarsity's Urban Programs. See what's happening in Los Angeles, CA, where students live in the inner city with the same income as their neighbors, working alongside gang members, homeless families and immigrant communities. See what's happening in Baltimore, MD where students move into the neighborhood and work with, children, refugees and the homeless. See what's happening in Milwaukee, WI, where students learn what it means to be a community in one of the most segregated cities in the United States.
Urban Programs are learning experiences that take place in major cities across the United States each year. For a weekend, a week, a summer, we ask you to step into the lives of those living in poverty in cities, to enter into the stories, and to be equipped as an agent of renewal and transformation.
We're not asking you to do this alone. You'll live with other students and staff, exploring issues of justice, poverty, oppression, racial reconciliation, violence, lifestyle, and biblical community in very tangible ways. You'll serve with individuals, agencies, and churches who are responding to these issues with a vision for long-term change and renewal. You’ll be guests to your neighbors as they teach you about their home.
Through this incarnational ministry, students find that they learn a lot about themselves. Exploring identity, purpose, and faith through the lens of the marginalized and oppressed, we come to a place to confront our own sense of ourselves, our responsibilities, and our faults including entitlement, materialism, greed, pride, and cultural prejudices. From there, Urban Projects create a space to experience transformation, forgiveness, and healing in the context of community.
Will you join us?
InterVarsity's Urban Programs are a part of the Missions Department of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Learn more about InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.